TECH SALARIES

Which tech jobs pay the most in Austin? 

Posted June 3rd, 2016

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  • Which tech jobs pay the most - and least - in Austin. 

We've obtained a fresh batch of data on tech salary wages in Austin, thanks to the helpful folks at Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists International. 

Their data looks at all the tech-based industry job codes in Austin. This is different from breaking jobs out by title -- for instance, managers versus engineers -- and it can include non-tech jobs, such as marketing. 

In the 10 highest-paid tech industries, the average annual wages exceed six figures. 

The highest-paying industry, on average, is classified as "computer storage device manufacturing." That industry pays an average annual salary of $216,470, and with benefits included it rises to $252,783. 

But the people who work in that field are fairly specialized - there are only 96 people within this industry in the Austin area, according to EMSI. 

Other highly-paid tech industries in Austin fall under the chip or computer manufacturing and "software publishers." The most common tech industry in Austin - software programming, which employs more than 20,000 people  - pays an annual average of $102,035 or $116,644 with benefits included. 

Some of the lowest-paid industries include tech manufacturing, such as "electronic circuit manufacturing," which basically means manufacturing electronic cables. 

These employers pay an average salary of $41,623, which rises to $48,583 with benefits included. 

EMSI compiled this salary information from sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Community Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

The industry categories included in this data were culled as part of a study done by Austin economist Brian Kelsey last year for the Austin Technology Council. 

Below is the full list of tech wages compiled by EMSI, excluding industries that had no workers or "insufficient data."

Industry Description Number of Positions in Austin Average Current Wages & Salaries Average Current Total Earnings (Including Benefits)
Computer Storage Device Manufacturing 96 $216,470 $252,783
Telephone Apparatus Manufacturing 428 $185,364 $216,371
Electronic Computer Manufacturing 8,697 $172,727 $201,702
Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing 9,723 $135,057 $157,665
Software Publishers 5,306 $125,847 $150,009
Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing 383 $123,380 $143,988
Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing 36 $117,952 $135,519
Semiconductor Machinery Manufacturing 330 $109,148 $128,544
Satellite Telecommunications 17 $104,350 $125,849
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing 36 $108,069 $125,603
Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying, and Controlling Industrial Process Variables 502 $107,298 $125,179
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 4,415 $103,141 $124,321
Computer Systems Design Services 13,049 $104,912 $119,918
Other Communications Equipment Manufacturing 336 $100,544 $117,374
Engineering Services 10,550 $102,309 $117,056
Custom Computer Programming Services 20,722 $102,035 $116,644
Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 730 $98,529 $114,891
Computer Terminal and Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,503 $96,524 $112,715
Other Computer Related Services 1,291 $94,620 $107,964
All Other Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 247 $80,448 $107,464
Research and Development in Biotechnology 990 $93,743 $107,234
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) 2,637 $93,476 $106,673
Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing 86 $91,900 $106,631
Optical Instrument and Lens Manufacturing 219 $90,389 $106,604
Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software Merchant Wholesalers 18,976 $89,464 $102,160
Bare Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing 42 $87,222 $99,904
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 5,530 $80,418 $98,116
Instrument Manufacturing for Measuring and Testing Electricity and Electrical Signals 892 $83,679 $97,583
Computer Training 211 $77,352 $93,677
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite) 1,389 $75,671 $92,142
All Other Telecommunications 160 $74,398 $89,212
Telecommunications Resellers 580 $70,387 $85,730
Testing Laboratories 781 $74,585 $85,473
Computer Facilities Management Services 268 $76,302 $85,421
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals 1,851 $73,484 $82,594
Electromedical and Electrotherapeutic Apparatus Manufacturing 20 $71,049 $79,053
Totalizing Fluid Meter and Counting Device Manufacturing 369 $66,720 $77,802
Other Measuring and Controlling Device Manufacturing 164 $60,374 $69,788
Printed Circuit Assembly (Electronic Assembly) Manufacturing 2,560 $54,070 $63,106
Electronic Connector Manufacturing 467 $41,623 $48,583

All wage data is from 2016.

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